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Prats & Symington Chryseia Douro 2014

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14.2% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

#98 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2017

Chryseia 2014 was produced from the finest quality grapes from Prats and Symington's two Upper Douro Valley vineyards, Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz. Another property, Quinta da Vila Velha, which is privately owned by a member of the Symington family, also contributed some of its best grapes, as it has for every vintage of Chryseia.

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WS 94
Wine Spectator
A powerful and concentrated red, featuring kirsch, red plum and baker's chocolate notes, balanced by tarragon, slate and violet details. Elegant, with supple tannins framing the long finish, which is laced with hot stone, olive and licorice accents. Drink now through 2023.
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
After Bruno Prats sold Cos d’Estournel, he began a partnership with the Symington family to reimagine the Douro from a table wine perspective. Since their first release in 2000, the wines have often been more international in style than this 2014. The selection comes from two quintas in the Douro Superior—Roriz and de Perdiz—as well as Vila Velha, a quinta neighboring Roriz owned by a Symington. Yes, this is richly oaked, with the suppleness and perfume that comes with aging in new French oak barrels (400 liters in size). But there’s also a black raspberry note adding complexity to the ripe blueberry flavor, and a lot of broken schist detail to the tannins. This is the best showing for a young Chryseia in our tastings.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chryseia is a nearly equal blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, aged for 15 months in new French oak. It comes in at 14.2% alcohol. Like a lot of wines in this vintage, this does seem to be on the lighter side, but it provides fruit and flavor, plus some tension on the finish that allows those flavors to linger. Admittedly, some of that flavor just now is oak-related, but that will subside steadily. This should turn into a beautiful Bordeaux-like wine with mid-palate finesse and unexpected intensity in the right places. I was a little surprised at how much I liked this, given the very tough vintage, but it looks like a fine performance in an off vintage, the only question being its concentration. As with many wines in vintages like this, I do sometimes wonder if it will reward aging or thin too quickly, but right at the moment, this will make people pretty happy. Give it a year or two to settle in. It should be on the early-maturing side. This is going to be a seductive Chryseia in the short to mid-term. After that, we'll see where we are.
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Chryseia, which means "golden" in Greek, is one of the leading red table wines from Portugal's Douro Valley. Crafted by Prats & Symington family, Port producers since 1882, and Bruno Prats, former owner of the famed Chateau Cos d'Estournel, Chryseia began with some experimental lots of wine in 1999. Sine that time, the wine has demonstrated the incredible potential of combining winemaking expertise from the Douro Valley and Bordeaux, two of the world's best wine regions. Chryseia further underscored its commitment to producing wine in the Douro Valley with the acquisition of Quinta de Perdiz, and the legendary Quinta de Roriz in 2009.
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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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